I’ve been having kind of a stressful week, and I wasn’t able to finish the next page. I’ll try to put SOMETHING up on Friday, probably a doodle or work-in-progress.
I need to move around update days! Eryl has been a Tuesday comic for years, but the past year I have started playing D&D with my friends over the weekends. They live about 1 & 1/2hrs from me (in good weather), and I usually make it a weekend long stay, arriving Friday evening and leaving Monday morning.
I can only get Manga Studio work done while there because my Surface 3 is not powerful enough to run Photoshop. That limits my work to sketching, inking, & flats for Eryl, but I can get an EA or NMSP done start to finish.
So in order to make my workflow easier, Ery will now update on Fridays! If I have a punchline comic idea for that week then either Easily Amused or No More Save Points! will update on Tuesday.
I am also going to look into making DeviantART and Facebook groups for FL Studios to make it easier for you guys to keep up with updates.
Heya, everyone!! Every now and again I make a shoutout for 3DS friends, and what with holidays, some people might have gotten one! Mostly I like it for Pokémon XY’s friend safari because I like to go shiny hunting there. My own safari is Bug-type with Paras, Beautifly, and Pinsir. Even if you don’t play XY I can still find different Pokémon for every person I friend. So if you’d like to add me, my friend code is: 1977-0484-7209. Just comment on this post with your own friend code. :3
All right, 2015 has been a rough year. A lot of things came to a head in my life, and it has been very stressful and emotionally draining. But 2016 feels like a good time to make a new start.
I went through and counted, and my grand total for comic pages drawn is 22. That is across all archives. I also did 13 stand-alone pieces of art and maybe only 15-20 pages of various novel projects written. This is unacceptable to me. In college with failing health, a large workload, and tonnes of friends and activities, I could draw 150+ comic pages per year, and dozens of stand-alone art pieces.
Granted, I’ve had some major obstacles in 2015. Much of my equipment died or was on its last gasp. I went most of the year without a flatbed scanner, my tablet was turning wonky plus was so scratched up I could scarcely draw a smooth line anymore, and to top it off my desk kept collapsing. Sometimes I’d have to hold it up with my knee while I worked. Add to all this the fact that I was moving around so much that I was often away from my computer, and it was definitely a challenge to get into a working groove.
My family life as I knew it started dissolving early this year. In February I found myself needing to flee on very short notice. I packed everything valuable I owned and crammed as many clothes as would fit in my suitcase, all within the span of a couple hours, and got out. I was later able to return home, but things had changed, and my world was shaken to the core. The rest of this year I have been struggling to accept the new family dynamic and find myself.
In the past I dealt with stress by, well, writing and drawing lots and lots of comics. But this year that hasn’t worked. I found myself too exhausted or apathetic to do much art or writing. For quite a while I thought it was my own perfectionism that had turned me off of drawing – that I demanded far too much effort of myself for each page. But as the year has progressed, I’ve realised that that isn’t it. It’s not that the art is daunting, but that I’d lost my passion for it.
For most of my life I’ve churned out art at a breakneck pace. I have boxes, drawers, folios, all stuffed to bursting with art. And it was never the difficulty that stymied me. In fact, most of my pieces were wildly over-ambitious. My visions too grand to be adequately captured by an amateur hand. But that didn’t matter. I loved every second, found joy with every stroke, and could easily spend all day doing nothing but draw.
Right now I am struggling to find that inferno of artistic passion again. I want it back more than anything. And I am going to work very hard in 2016 to get myself productive again. I’m always happier when I feel like I’ve accomplished something tangible.
This new drive to start getting serious about art and writing again is aided by finally getting new equipment. I have a new desk (though we still need to assemble it). For Christmas my extremely generous mother got me a new flatbed scanner AND wacom tablet. I’ll still often be away from home, but I will soon have a more practical kit for mobile productivity: I have my portable scanner / printer (LOVE that thing), and will soon have a Surface 3.
I have been almost exclusively Apple all my life. I owned one windows laptop that was issued by my college and I called it The Bastard Child. It’s not that I hate Microsoft, I just don’t know enough about how they work (and that laptop was not very good. Other students called their issued computers their ‘craptops’). But Apple has been steadily falling from my good graces, and I’m willing to give Windows another good go. If the iPad were a fully-functioning computer I needn’t bother, but it’s very difficult to work on, with apps greatly inferior to desktop art programs like Photoshop and Manga Studio and (until recently) only third-party styli full of bugs and that behaved temperamentally at best.
But I found a Surface 3 on huge discount the other day, and I’ll be getting it in the mail in early January. I’m hoping against hope that it will work well enough to be a mobile work solution. I doubt I’ll be able to do as much heavy-duty detail work on it as on my mac, but I’m crossing my fingers that it will at least allow me to get things done while I’m not at home.
So here’s to a new year, in which my goals are to pull myself together and GET STUFF DONE! I’m sure my reader base will perk up again once I actually have pages updating regularly!
BRING IT ’16!! 😀
I have a word of advice to those who aspire to be programmers: don’t. Just… don’t. Especially if you’re self taught and if you’re trying to make modifications to someone else’s code – and they keep CHANGING how it works. XC I tried the best I could to get the website looking the way it did before the automatic update (have GOT to find out how to turn that off). Thanks to the changes in how the page-width mechanisms work, I couldn’t put those nice borders on the content areas because then they took up too much space and messed up the format, but the easy-peasy way of altering the format seems to have disappeared from the stylesheet. Therefore I am far more restricted in the kinds of customisations I can do with only an intermediate knowledge of CSS.
Spent about 5 hours fixing bugs and trying to get custom things working and having very, very little success. BUT, everything SHOULD be functional, even if it’s uglier than before.
Also, I removed the latest comic from appearing on the main page. I find that people tend not to scroll down far enough to read the latest news when there’s a comic in the way. BUT the latest comic’s text will appear at the top of the blogroll. So you can click on its title to go to the comic. Handy, yes?
And I will try to have the next Eryl page finished and posted this coming Tuesday (10/27). I also have a Halloween wallpaper I’m working on and hopefully that will go up soon too.